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Wind Eyes

A Woman's Reader and Writing Source

Edited by Susan Bright and Margo LaGattuta

Ann Louise Williamson, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Naomi Louisa Mountjoy Long, Carol Cullar, Margo LaGattuta, Shanda Hansma Blue, Lyn Coffin, Susan Bright

The Anglo Saxon word for "Window" was Wind Eye. Windows were thought to be the eyes of the house--a universal metaphor for the soul.

Eight women writers met for a week in Ruidoso, New Mexico to create this book. Family members and friends came along creating a community vision out of which group members selected, edited and designed the book. Creativity was in the air, came in the windows and the writers gathered pieces of it into writing prompts and exercises which introduce each section of the book. There is a chapter at the end called "Window to the Soul" that presents more writing ideas and editing techniques for both poetry and fiction.

The group traveled to the Jornado Mogollon petroglyphs at Three Rivers where indigenous people created one of the first "books" on the continent--stone carved symbols of the family, of culture. In a different medium and in a different time, these writers were doing the same thing those ancient people were trying to accomplish. Photographs of these petroglyphs taken by Daryl Bright Andrews became introductory emblems for each writer's section of the book.

This is a book for everyone who want's to read true and beautiful poems and stories designed in the context of community--and who wants to explore their own truths through creative writing.

"What a beautiful book! The work here goes right to the heart of things."
Natalie Goldberg--author, novelist, teacher
Author of "Writing Down the Bones"

"'Wind Eyes' is as intimate and lively as the circle of honest friends it was written by. Like any solid circle, it has room for us too, inviting us to add our voices. Teachers at all levels will find encouragement here. 'Wind Eyes'--as filled with treasures as the room you imagine inside the delicious window on the cover."
Naomi Shihab Nye--poet, teacher, editor
Author of "Words Under the Words," "Red Suitcase," and "Mint"
Featured poet, "The Language of Life--a Festival of Poets," edited by Bill Moyers.
200 pgs, $17.95, 0-911051-90-2.

Introducing the Writers and Photographers

Ann Williamson lives in Michigan with her husband. She is part of the Writers in the Schools program there, received a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts in 1986, won the Abbie M. Copps Award from Olivet College in 1991, and tied for first place in the Poet Hunt Contest from Schoolcraft College in 1993. She has two books: Wild Rumors, from Lake Shore Publishing, and Too Hot, Too Cold, Just Right, from Plain View Press in 1995.

Naomi Louisa Mountjoy Long received a degree from the Sydney Kindergarten Training College. Her teaching experience spans two continents and four decades, specializing in pre-school training, youth work and developing residential camps. She was directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement by setting up Head Start centers in rural Mississippi. Currently, she works at Upland Hills School in Michigan, an alternative educational community where she has been teaching for more than fifteen years. Many of her essays have appeared in Eco-Logic, a newsletter from the Upland Hills Awareness Center. Her interests include day walks, writing and wood carving.

Carol Cullar is editor of The Maverick Press and the Southwest Poets' Series. Her poetry collection, Pagan Heart, was one of five Honorable Mentions in the Salmon Run Press National Poetry Book Award for 1995. Inexplicable Burnings won the Press of the Guadalupe 1992 Chapbook Contest. Carol has had work accepted for publication or recently published by The New York Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Negative Capability, Voices West, The MacGuffin, Parnassus Literary Review, Pinyon Poetry, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, RE:AL, Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly (Canada), Zuzu's Petals Review, New Texas '95, Borderlands, et alteros. She is the author of Haiku, This Hunger, and Life & Death, Mostly. A visual artist and licensed pilot, mother of two and grandmother of one, Carol lives on the fringes of the Chihuahua Desert near the banks of the Rio Grande outside Eagle Pass, Texas.

Margo LaGattuta is a poet with four published books: Embracing the Fall (Plain View Press), The Dream Givers (Lake Shore Publishing), Noedgelines (Earhart Press) and Diversion Road (State Street Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Bridge, Passages North, Yankee, Cincinnati Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, The Little Magazine, Negative Capability, The New Laurel Review, The Sun PhonomeNews, and others. Among her national awards are The Midwest Poetry Prize and the Founder's Award of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. An editor for Plain View Press, she has an MFA from Vermont College, teaches writing at Oakland Community College and through her business, Inventing the Invisible, she hosts a weekly radio program in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, called Art in the Air.

Patricia Alice Albrecht received her BFA in Theatre from Wayne State University. She's spent the last 18 years in Los Angeles doing theatre, t.v., film, radio and voice work for animation as well as visual art. Her work has appeared in various small presses, most recently, Rattle and 360 Degrees, Art and Literary Review. The Noisy River Publishing Colony marks the transition as she leaves a home in Malibu to live with her husband and son in Nashville.

Shanda Hansma Blue is a non-traditional student in the Lee Honors College of Western Michigan University, finishing her BA with majors in English and Women's Studies, and a minor in Psychology. She will begin work on an MFA in English/Writing in 1997. Shanda has been published in The Louisville Review, The Southern Indiana Review, The Flying Island, and other regional publications. In her previous life, she was a mom, an elected town council member, an appointed member of the board of trustees of Syracuse Public Library and a trustee of Lakeland Community Services, a community-owned and operated daycare center.

Lyn Coffin has two books of poetry: The Poetry of Wickedness, (Ithaca House) and Human Trappings (Abattoir Editions). She has published translations from German, Russian and Czech: The Poetry of Anna Akhmatova (W. W. Norton), Orten's Elegies and Seifert's The Plague Column (CVU Press). Elegies won first prize in an International Poetry Review Competition, and The Plague Column was read by the committee that granted Seifert his Nobel Prize. Lyn's poetry and fiction have been widely published. "Falling Off the Scaffold" was in Best American Short Stories, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Her plays have been performed at many theaters, including the Attic Theatre in Detroit. Lyn is an editor of The Michigan Quarterly Review. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan, winning Hopwood Awards in every category and an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate.

Susan Bright is author of fourteen books of poetry, three of which (Far Side of the Word, Tirades And Evidence Of Grace and House of the Mother) have been recipients of Austin Book Awards. She is the editor of Plain View Press, which for the twenty-one years between 1975 and 1996 has published one-hundred-and-twenty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the country. In Texas she has received a proclamation from the Senate honoring her literary and community work and in Austin she received the Woman of the Year Award in 1990 from the Women's Political Caucus "in recognition of outstanding leadership and initiative in helping to improve the quality of life for women and their families in Austin and Travis County." She is editor of "Women's Way," a feminist newspaper, and coordinator of the Women's Way Festival, which has been held in Austin to celebrate Womenøs History Month every year since 1986.

Trained as an architect and photographer, Marty Burnett combines both passions into the colorful, emotion-provoking collection, "The High Road Series." "The Laced Window" (front cover) and "Turquoise Door" (back cover) are two of more than forty photographs in this collection. "In our fast-paced, changing world, we need symbols that are a reminder of the timeless, ongoing world of the spirit. Actually, our day-to-day lives are filled with such symbols. What we must learn is to slow our pace and open our awareness to their existence in order to utilize these symbols for our spiritual illumination. For most of my life, I have been drawn to structural openings as a spiritual passageway." These photographs are available as notecards or signed, limited editions from Green River Photography, Austin, TX.

Bruce Michael Miller has toured the world as lead guitarist for Laura Branigan and sung with Paul McCartney and Kenny Loggins. Performance has led him to song writing which he now pursues in Nashville. Photography is one of several art media in which he works.

Daryl Bright Andrews is the son of Susan Bright and John C. Andrews. He is a high school student. He has also worked as a bike mechanic, salesperson and carpenter's helper. His interests are baseball, swimming, diving, photography and art.

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